Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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I think Cyclintom made a great move, instinctively crashing ON TOP of the guy that caused the crash. This is a great way to minimize your own injuries and send a message to the dude that caused the crash!
When you ride on the track, you pretty well have to ride in a group (otherwise thangs get pretty boring real quick). However, track riders are by and large much better riders than dudes that just ride the road; you pretty well have to be in order to modulate your speed without brakes and without backpedaling. After a while you become very, very smooth indeed. And then you get into a pace line on the road, and you wonder why it's so damned jerky, so you just want to get the hell out of there, and people don't understand what you mean when you say the line is "not smooth."
Anyway, in my neck of the woods, if you leave the scene of an accident where someone might be injured, it's called hit and run, and it's a serious offence. That's why I make it a practice that whenever I'm hit by a car and I know it's not my fault, I just lay there in the road even if I feel like I can get up. I'm not a doctor, so I'm not qualified to judge the extent of my injuries, so I'm exercising reasonable prudence. At the same time, it forces the motorist to stay there until the cops and ambulance arrive. I've only been hit by cars four times, and only once has it been a hit and run, and I've always been well enough to go to work the next day, knock on wood.